There's a lot to be upset about with this story. Knee-jerk reactions can blame the Indiana Excise police for spending their time cracking down on student parties. While this is the specific purpose of the Excise force, there's a growing debate on campus of focusing police efforts on protecting these same students from recent city violence. There's also the debate as to why Notre Dame's strict punishment toward its student-athletes makes other schools look like detention halls. I, for one, support the University in this regard. Invariably, athletes littering the top 25 schools get into mischief, usually much worse than underage drinking. These athletes are typically given a slap on the wrist punishment, like missing the first two games, which hardly affect the team when they're playing St. Copious of North Nebraska. Notre Dame holds its student-athletes to a different standard. They say it and they back it up. These athletes know the drill when they enroll. As unfortunate as it was to lose Kyle McAlarney for a basketball season, it taught him a significant life lesson and he returned with a renewed sense of desire and appreciation for the Notre Dame way.
But the most perplexing question is why a starter, on probation mind you, put himself in this bad situation? Ultimately, it's Yeatman's responsibility to make better decisions. Washing the bad taste of the Spartan loss out of his mouth with a few beers wouldn't have been a problem if he had stayed in his dorm or hit up a low-key gathering. But Yeatman showed poor judgment going to an off-campus party where the threat of police involvement is always prevalent.
Will, we hardly knew ye. Godspeed wherever you land. In the words of your namesake (sort of) William Butler Yeats:
"And weary and worn are our sad souls now"